Mo­torists sup­port our A85 cam­paign

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE prob­lems sur­round­ing the A85 is still a hot topic with peo­ple in Oban, with many is­sues be­ing high­lighted by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

As part of The Oban Times’ Stay Alive on the A85 cam­paign, we spoke to peo­ple about what they thought about the road and traf­fic through the street.

Julie Good­man said: ‘The road is shock­ing. Peo­ple drive too fast, peo­ple think they know the roads, peo­ple over­take on the white lines and don’t con­sider mo­tor­bikes.

‘The traf­fic through the street is bad as well. I don’t what it is, but when the traf­fic lights start - it’s like grid­lock. You can’t do a by­pass road to Oban, but we need a bet­ter road sys­tem.’

How­ever, not ev­ery­one has that opin­ion re­gard­ing a by­pass. ‘The traf­fic is dread­ful. They need a by­pass or a multi-storey car park,’ Ron­alda Gra­ham and Betty Clark said.

Ed­die May­hew, a mo­tor­cy­clist from Fife, who also drives for a liv­ing, said: ‘The traf­fic is hor­rific. The amount of lor­ries makes it hard to get past.

‘It’s easy for us [mo­tor­cy­clists] to get by, but you al­ways get so many cars with mas­sive queues and peo­ple take chances. The sur­faces are not equipped for it. An­other prob­lem is you get some­one go­ing 30 miles per hour – with the roads be­ing so wind­ing, it’s hard to get past.

‘Peo­ple are just ig­no­rant. If I see some­one be­hind me, I pull into a lay-by and let them past.

‘In the sum­mer ev­ery­one wants to see Scot­land and you get peo­ple stop­ping if they want to take a pic­ture – if you get peo­ple who want to look at stuff, there aren’t enough lay-bys.’

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